Go Pro Testing and reports

Calgaryfizzer

New Member
I watched your entire video trying to figure out what part of town you were in, and at the end I knew exactly where. I built the warehouse right behind your shop about two years ago (Dan Meaney Trucking - I assume that is where you work). Too funny.

Are we the only two Calgarians on the forum?
 

Oldschool

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I watched your entire video trying to figure out what part of town you were in, and at the end I knew exactly where. I built the warehouse right behind your shop about two years ago (Dan Meaney Trucking - I assume that is where you work). Too funny.

Are we the only two Calgarians on the forum?
Good my stalkers can find me now, I'm so excited. Actually there is at least one other member "Joeblow" in Calgary, and another in Airdrie on the forum. I'm not sure if the new owner of my FZ is lurking, or a member yet here.
 

Calgaryfizzer

New Member
Good my stalkers can find me now, I'm so excited. Actually there is at least one other member "Joeblow" in Calgary, and another in Airdrie on the forum. I'm not sure if the new owner of my FZ is lurking, or a member yet here.
Now it is all making sense. I had someone on here ask me if I had bought your bike, and I didn't know who they were referring to.

Why did you sell? KTM that much fun?
 

Oldschool

Moderator
New mounting options

Foe anyone that likes to try new ways to mount your Go-Pro, here is my latest gizmo. It allows nearly unlimited new angles to shoot from. I will be showing results as son as I have a chance to use it. It should make those water crossings more interesting.













What it consists of is; A Manfrotto nano clamp (smaller version of the "super clamp") connected with a brass adapter to a mini tripod ball head from Joby that has a tripod Go-Pro adapter attached. Other than the Go-Pro part it is all metal construction with very precise movement and nearly unlimited adjustment. The Mini clamp can attach to anything under 2" in diameter. I bought all the pieces from my local camera store.


The parts list and links:

Nano Clamp; http://www.manfrotto.com/nano-clamp

Joby Ball head: http://joby.com/gorillapod/ballhead/

Adapter bolt: http://www.visuals-switzerland.net/...nfrotto-ma037-support-adapter-3-8-to-1-4.html
 
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Oldschool

Moderator
Shoulder mount

Yesterday I wanted to experiment with a new angle, so I tried a shoulder mount. Think the laser sight in the movie Predator. I used the curved surface mount tab from Go-Pro (that came in the kit) and attached it to the plastic outer cover of my Leatt body armor. The angle of the camera needs a bit of fine tuning, but otherwise I was happy with the results.

Shoulder mount test - YouTube

[video=youtube;FWUhUPmHzwI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWUhUPmHzwI[/video]
 
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Oldschool

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New Mount Test position 1

Video is up now Billy will like this one, just bike and wind noise.


Go Pro New mount test 1 - YouTube

This mount, but on the other side.



Yes the bike is filthy, and I shot the footage on the way to the car wash. The next video it will be clean, on the way home


It worked well, very stable and minimal high frequency vibration picked up, thus very little distortion. The standard Go-Pro mounts seem to pick up a lot if chassis mounted. I am anxious to try it off road now! That will have to wait for the weekend.
 
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Oldschool

Moderator
Long term testing

I realized that this was supposed to be a thread about the Go-Pro product testing, and after a year and a half with the Hero2 I have had zero problems with the unit. It has been tested in wet, dusty, hot (Moab in early summer) and Cold, (Calgary in spring). It has showed very little in performance drop of the original battery (I have a second so I would not have to stop and charge on trips) even after countless hours of video. The housing, (and camera) has been dropped, hit by rocks and is undamaged. It is most certainly water and dust proof.

Would I buy this unit again, without any doubt. Do I feel any need to by the latest incarnation, not until this one quits working.

More to come, and another Billy approved (without music, just the sweet sounds of internal combustion) tomorrow after work. Test 2 forward facing on the left crash guard.
 

Oldschool

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New Mounting system Test 2

New Mounting System mounting position test 2. This one was mounted on the lower crash bar on the left side for the ride home from the car wash. Distortion from high frequency vibration was minimal and the camera picked up the engine noise fairly well.

New Go Pro mount test 2 - YouTube

[video=youtube;pUwDwHqN2zY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUwDwHqN2zY[/video]
 
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Erci

Member
GoPro3 is awesome!! I've been using mine for a year now and I'm very happy with the video quality and I love how easy it is to change modes.

Lately I've been doing more pictures than video.. so much easier to process and I kind of think people are more likely to look through a list of pictures than watch a video.

Having said that, here's the latest video I put together (downhill mountain biking).

Killington video

And here are some of my favorite pictures I've taking with a GoPro







 

Oldschool

Moderator
Always Looking for a new Angle

In an effort to keep my videos interesting, at least to me, I am always looking for new and different angles to shoot from. I spent $20 at Home Depot to buy a 2-4 foot fiberglass and aluminum paint roller extension. I am looking at ways of having a semi permanent attachment to the bike, but for now just use zip ties. The following is an example of the video.



[video=youtube;S_OFP86ocUM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_OFP86ocUM&list=UURQ_SJd_yIHl-omeno392ew[/video]

After processing this video I made a few "ghetto" modifications to the boom, and will post pictures as soon as I can. What the modification amounted to was a simplification to the attachment of the GoPro by;

Adding an extension to the boom's threaded end, instead of using the "Tough Clamp" as shown in the picture.

I took an old plastic-handle paint roller, and removed the metal shaft by heating it with a torch. I then attached a GoPro ball (on a diamond plate base) by drilling two holes through the top end of the paint roller handle. I also used my drill-press to drill a hole straight through the lower part of the plastic handle and metal threads of the extension pole in order to secure the two together using a cotter-pin. After that I sprayed the whole thing down with black bed-liner, giving it a low-gloss, anti-slip surface.

I use Windows Movie Maker to process the videos, and this last one was the latest (Windows 8) version, which has an anti-shake,wobble/shake elimination setting (High/Low) and this one was processed on the "high" setting. I am fairly pleased with the results.

As far as the GoPro Hero 2 goes, I have recorded over 100 videos in nearly all conditions except under-water and it is still working with the original battery and all the original mountings with ZERO issues. I did try a slower video SD card and although it worked, it broke the videos into short sections. It is definitely better to use a high speed SD card.

Not bad for two years down the road.
 
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Oldschool

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More Boom Work

Detail shots on the modified End (Paint roller handle).






Lower Position (of 4).


Highest position of 4.


Another rearward position.

I am working on the video this evening. I did a bumpy ride up Moose Mountain to get here;

 

Oldschool

Moderator
Looking forward to seeing the video. I expect a rough ride.
The magic of processing may smooth it out enough to keep you from needing a sick sac.;)

[video=youtube;_AAx_C2J3ek]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AAx_C2J3ek&feature=youtu.be[/video]

[video=youtube;jlhOnL6I5es]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlhOnL6I5es&feature=youtu.be[/video]
 
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